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Davao has banned chicken from Luzon and other places afflicted by avian flu.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The local government has placed a temporary ban on chicken and by-products from Luzon and other locations where highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) or bird flu has been reported.

Local media received a copy of Mayor Sara Z. Duterte’s executive order on the prohibition, dated May 13, on Thursday afternoon.

A portion of the order reads, “The city government of Davao hereby issues a temporary ban on the entry of domestic and captured wild birds, their products and by-products, including day-old chicks, eggs, semen, manure, and feathers, from Luzon and other areas with reported cases of Avian Influenza, effective immediately.”

It further said that anyone carrying game fowls, ducks, pigeons, or trapped wild birds must have a veterinarian health certificate stating that the birds came from farms free of bird flu.

The EO permits the transportation or movement of game fowls from Davao City to other provinces, but not back to the city, unless a negative AI test result is obtained from the place of origin.

In its most recent report, the municipal veterinarian’s office (CVO) stated that Davao is still free of avian flu.

The CVO chief, Dr. Cerelyn Pinili, said her office has been monitoring the Talomo and Tugbok areas, which have a high concentration of commercial chicken farms.

Pinili noted that strict controls are in place for the admission of poultry goods from Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat – the city’s closest AI-affected location.

She claimed that more checks had been set up at access crossings from North Cotabato to Davao City, as well as in the Buda and Marilog districts, including the Arakan–Dalaglumot, Marilog boundary. (

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